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Dodgers 50 Games Over .500, ESPN Tone Deaf Auction

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The Los Angeles Dodgers remarkable season keeps getting better. With a win over the Chicago White Sox, the Dodgers (84-34) are now an impressive 50 games over .500.

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In a completely tone deaf segment, ESPN held a fantasy football draft where they auctioned off mostly black  players to white owners, causing outrage on social media. Players such as Odell Beckham Jr wrote on his twitter feed, “speechless” as the segment appeared eerily similar to a slave auction. Other athletes, such as NBA star Kevin Durant, weighed in as well tweeting, “bum ass espn running out of ideas.”

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Cutler $10 Mill To Play For Dolphins, Tom Brady’s Mom’s Super Bowl Ring

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The Miami Dolphins made a $10 million one year deal with former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler as insurance for an injured Ryan Tannehill. No word on how long Tannehill will be out, but by the Dolphins signing Cutler, it appears the injury could be worse than they had anticipated. Cutler is 34 years old and had shoulder surgery last December, but he knows the Dolphins head coach (Adam Gase) and their offense, so it seems like a good move.

In a classy move, the England Patriots gave Tom Brady’s mom her very own Super Bowl ring. Last season, Brady’s mom underwent treatment for cancer, but was able to attend the remarkable comeback Super Bowl LI victory in 2016.  Brady  described how owner Robert Kraft was supportive all season. “He’s been so supportive of my family and certainly everything my mom went through and knowing first-hand how families deal with it. He was always asking, ‘How’s mom doing? How is she feeling?’ We didn’t know up until the very end whether she was going to make it to the Super Bowl. She was a big inspiration for me, and RKK knew it. It was a great surprise to all of us when the ring showed up. She deserves it.”

 

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Caitlyn Jenner Mulls Running For Senate, Christie Booed At Mets Game

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Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce Jenner the 1976 gold medal winning decathlete and even better known as part of the Kardashian clan) is considering running for Dianne Feinstein’s (CA) seat in the Senate. Jenner is a fiscally conservative Republican who has become a spokeswoman for the transgender community.

BASEBALL

In more politics/sports news, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie was booed after catching a foul ball at the Mets/Cardinals game Tuesday night. He caught the ball with one hand and handed it to a young boy sitting behind him, but that still didn’t impress the fans and announcers.

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Kaep Not Signed By Seahawks, Qatar Host To 2022 World Cup But No Diplomatic Ties

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Former SF QB Colin Kaepernick is still not signed for next season. The Seattle Seahawks appeared interested in signing him as a backup to Russell Wilson, but now that’s no longer an option, as they recently signed backup former Denver Bronco Austin Davis. Seahawks coach Peter Carroll explained his decision not to sign Colin,  “he’s a starter in this league, and I can’t imagine that someone won’t give him a chance to play.”

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In 2010 FIFA voted Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup, but they didn’t anticipate the recent political upheaval when 7 countries recently cut diplomatic ties with the country due to its support of terrorism. Five Arab States (Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and United Arab Emirates) accuse Qatar of “supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region”. No word yet on what FIFA plans to do.

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Busch Wins Daytona, Curry Helps Fan Win $5K

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Kurt Busch won NASCAR’s most prestigious race, the Daytona 500 on Sunday after a day filled with multiple wrecks. One of the main stories going into the race was the return of Dale Earnhardt Jr, but he crashed out early on leaving the field open.  Busch was unable to race in last year’s Daytona due to a domestic abuse issue from his former girlfriend. Busch came back a few races later when no criminal charges were filed. With the win, Busch brings a win to his new owner (and former NASCAR driver) Tony Stewart. As Stewart said, “I ran this damn race (17) years ago and couldn’t win it. Finally won it as an owner.”

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During a timeout in the Warriors/Nets game, Steph Curry left his team’s huddle to assist a female fan who was competing in a skeeball contest on the court. Curry helped her win $5000 dollars.

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Blitz For Six, Draymond & Curry Wear Cupcakes, Sprewell Sits Next To Dolan

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The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are certainly not sitting on their laurels with an amazing 5 Super Bowl wins. Just days after taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the Pats filed a trademark application for the phrase “Blitz for Six”. Got to appreciate their confidence.

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Golden State Warrior, Kevin Durant knew what he would get some heat Saturday night when he returned to Oklahoma City to play his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not only did Durant put up solid numbers in a decisive 130-114 win, but he and his teammates embraced the taunting. Steph Curry and Draymond Green grabbed a couple of the  “Cupcake” tshirts, distributed at the game and did their postgame interviews proudly wearing them. In case it’s not clear, the “cupcake” reference is supposed to imply Durant is “soft”.

The New York Knicks are trying to deflect their bad press (when they recently ousted Charles Oakley) and attempted to show they appreciate their players, by inviting a number of former Knicks to attend the matchup against the San Antonia Spurs Sunday night. Most notable was former Knick Latrell Sprewell, who sat next to team owner James Dolan. When Sprewell first appeared back at Madison Square Garden in 2003, after his trade to the Timberwolves, he shouted at Dolan resulting in a 25K fine. It’s not clear if inviting the former players Sunday night helped the Knicks image, but at least they had a good night of basketball beating the Spurs 94-90.

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Super Bowl 51 Preview

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Here are some fun facts to get you extra excited for Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th 6:30 pm!

Musical Entertainment

Pre-game show- The actresses who played the Schuyler sisters from the smash Broadway hit Hamilton will sing, “America the Beautiful” during the pre-game show

National Anthem-Country star Luke Bryan

Halftime Show-Lady Gaga will headline

The Game

The Falcons finished the season with the 7th highest rated scoring offense in NFL history. This is QB Matt Ryan’s first Super Bowl, but he hasn’t shown any nervous signs throughout the post season. In fact, he hasn’t thrown an interception since December 4th, 2016. Ryan’s favorite target, receiver Julio Jones has also been great in the playoffs, setting a record for multiple playoff games with 150 plus yards and 2 plus TD’s.

The Patriots dynamic duo of QB Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick have been here done that a record 6 times, winning 4 of the 6 (this will be their 7th appearance in a Super Bowl together). If the Pats win, Brady will hold the record for most Super Bowl wins by a QB (he’s currently tied with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana).

Other

Tickets to the game on Stubhub are going for anywhere from $2,200 to $1 million dollars (for that amount, the ticket holder should be suited up next to Brady or at least sitting with Gisele).

60% of all takeout orders on Sunday will be pizza, over 1.2 billion wings will be eaten and approximately 8,000,000 pounds of guacamole will be consumed.

A 30 second commercial costs $5 million. Click here for a preview of the most anticipated.

 

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Thanks Fairfield County Look For The Nice Profile!

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http://fairfieldcountylook.com/betsy-berns-korn-femalefan-group-inc/Portrait by CHICHI UBIÑA

By MICHELE GRAHAM

Her company name says it all. Betsy Berns Korn is the voice of sports fandom to thousands of women. Along with her the blog and app FemaleFan.com, Betsy has authored three books on sports, did a stint with the NFL, and has appeared frequently in the media and on panels.

BkCvr1You could say Betsy had no choice in becoming immersed in sports. This California native had three older brothers who, lore has it, cried when their baby sister arrived. They were hoping for a fourth brother so they could have even teams. After getting over their disappointment, they set out on a mission to school Betsy in sports, especially football, which Betsy says, “They obsessed over. I had charts in my rooms and they would test me with pop quizzes.”

 

 

While getting her MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School, the term “football widow” gained traction and Betsy spotted an opportunity. She drafted what she refers to as a “dummy’s guide to football.” Betsy’s research included talking to former Minnesota Viking and Chicago Bear players who gave insight into strategy and players’ thinking. Her book, The Female Fan’s Guide to Pro Football, and a poll she conducted that was published in USA Today got the NFL’s attention. Betsy signed on to conduct a Football 101 instructional series across the country that brought together female fans and each city’s pro players. Shortly after came “The Ultimate Female Football Fan” contest in conjunction with Norwegian Cruise Lines. The foray into football was such a success it didn’t take long for motorsports and thoroughbred horseracing to come calling for their own books.

Betsy’s approach with FemaleFan.com is to provide enough info to keep up with water cooler (or coffee bar!) sports talk and to focus on human interest stories. “Women get more involved if they know who they are rooting for. It puts a human face to the athlete.” Betsy’s rule about photos on her site: they have to show players’ faces; it makes them real. In the case of football that means no face masks.

Betsy’s faves these days: The Williams Sisters in tennis. “Women’s tennis is really exciting and the Williams have transformed the sport.”  In basketball she’s obsessed with the Golden State Warriors (you can take the girl out of California…). And for Super Bowl Sunday? “The record seven time Super Bowl appearance by the Patriots’ coach player combo Belichick-Brady is incredible. But I also love that this is Matt Ryan’s – the Atlanta Falcon’s quarterback and likely NFL MVP – first Super Bowl appearance. You just can’t miss this!”

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Hernandez Submits Tattoos As Evidence In Murder Trial, Pacific Pro Football League

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Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end, is facing a double murder trial, and in an unusual twist will have to submit his tattoos as evidence. The tattoos on Hernandez hand show guns and the saying “God forgives”. Hernandez isn’t required to take the stand to defend himself, but the prosecution can ask Hernandez to explain his tattoos. Once on the stand, they can then ask him any questions in order to unravel his story.

A new developmental league (think professional football minor league) is hoping to launch in 2018. The idea is to give athletes who aren’t eligible yet to compete in the NFL (age concerns) the option to play in a league where they can get experience and make money. Most athletes would still likely prefer to remain in college, get an education and compete on a high profile stage, but if the league works out as intended, it could provide options for players unable to go or uninterested in college. The Pacific Pro Football League would comprise 4 teams in Southern California competing during July and August.

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Clemson Tigers National Champions

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img_1188What a difference a year makes! Last year, the Clemson Tigers lost an extemely close National Championship game to the Alabama Crimson Tide. On Monday night, the tide turned, and in another close game, the Tigers pulled out the win and the rights to be called the best team in college football. Clemson’s quarterback Deshaun Watson made history with a touchdown in the last second of the game as Nick Saban (while tenured as Alabama’s coach) had never lost a game when up by double digits heading into the 4th quarter. That’s 97-0 losses until now. Congrats to the Clemson Tigers 0n becoming National Champions. Clemson 35, Alabama 31.

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